Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has released its Color Atlas online library for open access in design software for fashion, apparel, and textiles.

Archroma has announced the 5,760 color references of its Color Atlas library will be available in ASE file format for open access to the users of most design software for fashion, apparel, and textiles. With this, designers and stylists are given open access to what it calls the largest library of colours for cotton and polyester.

ASE or .ase (for Adobe Swatch Exchange) files are used to upload, share and access colours through the swatch palette of design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and most CAD (Computer-aided design) systems.

The Color Atlas by Archroma was launched in 2016 to provide fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf colour inspiration that can be implemented in production.

All colour references available in the Color Atlas have been formulated with products that comply with international eco-standards and can be selected based on the desired sustainability profile.

Each colour from the Color Atlas by Archroma is available for purchase from Archroma as a physical colour standard that includes precise digital data and access to global dyeing technical support.

“We are proud to open our vast online collections of colours to brands, designers and mills, and thus help them create clothes and articles that are both desirable and sustainable,” says Chris Hipps, head of colour management services, at the Archroma Brand Studio. “With the Color Atlas by Archroma, they can finally dream of a colour, find it quickly within their design software, and then specify it with the confidence that their design intent will be executed swiftly and reliably in their global supply chains.”

Earlier this year, Archroma developed two metal-free and halogen-free acid navy and black dyes, suitable for sportswear, while at last month’s Texprocess trade fair, the company presented two innovations suitable for use in the apparel and fashion sector; its PFC-free Smartrepel Hydro SR solution and Biocide-free OX20, an odour-neutralising technology newly launched by its partner Sanitized AG.